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Burning Man Performer Series: Don Genrty

I have gone to various festivals, including regional burning, for about 20 years, yet none of them compared to my experience at Burning Man 2018. I was lucky to have many friends who are veterans and was able to join a camp through an art grant. One of the folks who helped me plan gear, mentally and psychically was Don Gentry. It was not an issue of what to pack (I have the best gear), what to wear (I dressed like I was at the beach during the day and in the Andes mountains at night), or what to eat (nutrient-dense meals since this was extremely physical)… what I have an issue with is how much I miss my life live on the playa. Once back I decided to be able to enjoy anything that was out there in this default world – so now you can dance to Don Gentry if you didn’t get a chance to.

This set was recording at the Celtric Chaos camp. I was listening to again this week and messaged Don how this still sounds as good as the first time I heard it. A dope set that really had everyone (READ: around 500 burners) dancing and this happened again at Project Ai a couple of weeks ago. Even the insane amount of lasers in that club just added to the wow level. I MEAN HOW MANY LASERS WE NEED? All. Of. Them.

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I’ve know him since I was a teenager when I started getting into the rave scene, before the RAVE act. Now he is STILL DJing bumping sets in warehouse, private parties and clubs. His sets always get a crowd going but there is really nothing as amazing as partying on the playa. It is a combination of an eccentric responsive crowd, timeless of the event and IT IS THE LARGEST PARTY ON EARTH!

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Ever since the burn, I’ve done what I can to keep aspects of that experience in my daily life. One way fun way is to keep hearing the music from the playa till I come back in 2019. Don played a funky set at Project Ai, opening for Clyde P. On January 25, 2019, Don will open for GRECO – Rawsome, NYC Cover is $5, parking is free across the street and the staff is friendly. Even security is on point and will remove anyone who is disrespectful.

I had a blast the last time I heard his set at Project Ai, the lasers are insane and $4 wells till Midnight. That is the cheapest price for a club in Dallas, anything cheaper than that is you slipping a bag of booze between your titties. Just going to head out and experience that taste of what was the best week of my life in 2018.

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Hoops Ablaze at Mystic Festival Houston, TX

Marawa the Amazing, 32 year old Australian said anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can keep the hoop spinning but choosing the right size hoop is essential. (huff post) Size matter when it comes to the circle that you are using not only your hips, but your chest, legs and shoulders. I’ve found a top notch hoop maker in Dallas, TX whom is vending at the Mystic Festival this coming weekend. Hoops Ablaze has a great turn around time as I’ve had Izzy create a custom hoop for the Dallas Mardi Gras Parade this past March. Since then I’ve watched her grow as a Hoopnotica instructor and teach children, senior citizens and buff men in gyms. It’s wonderful to have a local hoop maker with such a strong passion and quick turn around time for hoops.

Hoopologie Photography Izzy May

Hoopologie Photography Izzy May

I personally have a lot of love for the support that Izzy has shown the Dallas hoop scene as I met her at SpinFest then have been able to fire hoop with her for my very time. Eventually she hosted Steve Bags (of The Hoop Hub) and Valentina Martin for one of the best workshops I’ve ever been to! A belly dance hoop fusion class then a poi hoops workshop. I look forward to more of her this coming year!

 

Make it a point to stop by her vending booth to pick up a brand new poly pro hoop in the color that matches your spin style.

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Performance Spotlight: Anwen Rhosyn : Texas

Anwen Rhosyn

Anwen Rhosyn

Anwen Rhosy (ANN-wen row-SEEN) has been performing her tribal fusion dance at various shows, festivals and weeklies in Dallas this past year. She will be having a workshop on November 4, 2012 that is open to the public. Twin Shape will be providing amazing self composed music that Anwen Rhosyn will perform to as this same event. I’m very excited as I’ve never taken a belly dancing class but I like to dance & I have a belly so I welcome the opportunity to join in!!

What type of dance did you learn? Where and who taught you?

I became interested in belly dancing after seeing the Wings of Isis show at Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie, TX. I started learning on traditional style DVDs from the library while seeking instruction from local dancer Brandy Bollin and her troupe Tribal Evolution in Hurst, TX. I’ve had the great opportunity to take workshops from Tribal Fusion idols Mardi Love and Zoe Jakes at events like 3rd Coast Tribal in Fort Worth, TX. I now own several instructional DVDs from dancers like Rachel Brice, Asharah, and Sera Solstice, to name just a few. The styles I study are American Tribal Style (ATS), a type of group improv, and Tribal Fusion, a distinctive style that grew from the influence of ATS.

How did you get yr dance name?
I wanted to choose something exotic but was having a hard time identifying with any of the Arabic words I was researching. I decided to look into names from my own Celtic heritage and came across the words Anwen, meaning pure white, and Rhosyn, or rose. The name immediately resonated with me and I knew I had my stage name.

Anwen Rhosyn performance at Old Growth:ReGrowth with TwinShape

Anwen Rhosyn performance at Old Growth:ReGrowth with TwinShape

What are the basic requirements to belly dance?
Belly dance is something that every woman can and, in my opinion, should do, regardless of if she thinks she’s too skinny or too big. Men are also superb belly dancers! A person just needs to have a willingness to try something new and the dedication to practice what they learn. It takes a lot of patience and repetition to develop the muscle control, but anyone can learn it really.

Anween Rhosyn performance May Day at the Lizard Lounge

Anween Rhosyn performance May Day at the Lizard Lounge

Do you have any upcoming performances?
I will be performing with Twin Shape at the park party Nov. 4th and we will also be at the event Spacecamp Psyfari next year in Iowa.

Two Tone performance

Two Tone performance

What can participants expect from your workshop on November 4th?
I will explain the basics of belly dance movement and the body mechanics behind it. We will move through a short warm-up followed by a break down in each section of the body, the different ways it can move, and how to make it all happen. I will then offer the challenge of linking individual moves together in a sequence that begins the practice of flowing energy from one area of the body to the next, which can then be drilled in a personal practice later.

Be sure to join Anwen Rhosyn’s fan page to follow on updates for performances and workshops.

This workshop will be free to the public on November 4, 2012, Sunday at Trinity Park Shelter House. Trinity Park Pavilion 2300 W. 7th St Fort Worth TX 76102

To RSVP for the event & share it with your friends on Facebook click this link. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/337525626343049/?fref=ts

Hope to see you all at the Trinity Park!

Hope to see you all at the Trinity Park!

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